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  Chapter 1 – The Mother of All Storms

Cover page for the popular real life adventures of a 122 year old sailing vessel and her volunteer crew.

Cover page for the popular real life adventures of a 122 year old sailing vessel and her volunteer crew.

Ripping through an ominous sky blacker than the inside of the devil’s back pocket, a searing billion volts of lightning illuminated ragged clouds scudding along not much higher than the ship’s mast. An explosive crash of thunder, so close it was painful, set my ears to ringing. Through half-closed eyes, burning from the constant onslaught of wind-driven salt water, I struggled to maintain our heading on the ancient dimly lit compass.

This was not your common garden-variety storm. The kind that blows a little, rains a lot, and then slinks off to do whatever storms do in their off hours. This was a sailor’s worst nightmare: a full-blown rip roaring Indian Ocean cyclone fully intent on claiming our small wooden vessel and its occupants as sacrifices.

All that stood between us and the depths of eternity were the skill of Vega’s long-departed Norwegian builders and the flagging abilities of one exhausted man.
After seven straight hours of fighting that hell-spawned storm, I was cold, wet, and completely exhausted.

Using both hands, I turned the wheel to meet the next onslaught from a world where chaos and madness ruled. Should I miscalculate, or suffer a single moment of lost concentration, within seconds the boat might whip broadside to those enormous thundering waves. The next breaking wave would overwhelm her in a catastrophic avalanche of white foam, rolling her repeatedly like a rubber ducky trapped in someone’s washing machine, shattering her stout timbers, violently dooming us all to a watery grave.

The rigging howled like a band of banshees chasing the souls of a thousand tormented sailors. Souls long ago lost in the sheer brutality of winds like these.
It was almost impossible to breathe the air that was filled with torrential rain and seawater blown from the tops of passing waves.

The raging wind seemed fully intent on ripping the air from my lungs. Fighting for every gasping water logged breath, no matter which way I turned my head there was flying water. Only 20 meters away, the bow of our 120-year-old vessel was completely lost in a swirling mass of wind, rain, and wildly foaming sea.

With monotonous regularity, precipitous walls of wind tortured water loomed out of the darkness rushing toward the unprotected stern of the Vega. Yet as each seemingly vertical wall of water raced toward her, its top curling over in a seething welter of foam, our brave vessel would lift her stern allowing another raging monster to pass harmlessly beneath her keel.

With each wave, the long anchor warps trailing in a loop from our stern screamed against the mooring bits as they took the full strain. Fighting desperately those thick ropes were all we had to reduce Vega’s mad rush into the next valley of tormented water. Their paltry resistance was all that stood between us and 42 tons of boat surfing madly out of control down the near-vertical waves.

As the boat fought valiantly, lifting her stern to meet each successive wave, she would dig in her forefoot; a motion that unchecked might quickly swing her broadside to the violent seas. Should that happen, the end would be quick and brutal. Once turned broadside, the next breaking wave would roll the boat 360 degrees, an action that would repeat until nothing remained afloat.

With helm and wind creating a precarious balance, our future was at the mercy of one small scrap of storm canvas. Without that sail to provide forward thrust, the boat would quickly become impossible to steer. It can be rather nerve-racking when your entire future depends upon a single scrap of cloth stretched as taut as a plate of steel, its heavy sheet straining rigid as an iron bar against the brutal forces of an Indian Ocean Cyclone.

While out on deck all hell was breaking loose, down below the off watch were all squirreled away in their bunks warm and more or less dry. To avoid being hurled from their bunks, each of the crew was tightly wedged between the hull and the weatherboards. Little did they realize that at least once every 8-10 seconds I was fighting another giant wave intent on our destruction. Squinting and blinking, I tried to read the wind speed gauge, but the numbers were only a blur.

Glancing astern, I could dimly make out one wave much larger than the rest. It reared out of the darkness like some harbinger of doom, its curling vertical face rushing towards us like an unstoppable watery cliff, growing in height and apparent malice as it came.

It was then I noticed a second rogue wave rushing out of the night. A wave that sent shivers racing up and down my spine. Nothing in my years at sea had prepared me for a giant whitecap raging across that storm-ravaged sea at 90 degrees to the prevailing waves.

Frozen in horror, I watched that watery monster rip its way toward where I sat. As it collided with the first giant wave, roaring along its length like a head on collision between two out of control avalanches determined to destroy all in their path, the interaction was explosive. Towering eruptions of white water rocketed skyward; the unbridled violence was beyond imagination.

Converging from completely different directions, those twin monsters were like a manifest curse from the darkest depths of a nightmare. Water tortured beyond endurance exploded upwards, as the sea forced even higher in a frenzy of tormented white water, loomed over our frail wooden boat. Clearly, those two waves would arrive at the same time, the one slamming into us like a huge bloody-minded mallet, while the other played the part of a watery anvil, and not a damned thing in the world I could do about it.

For a split second that seemed like eternity, a gut wrenching fear paralyzed me. No matter which way I turned, one of those monsters would slam directly into the side of our boat rolling her onto her beam-ends and certain destruction. It all happened so fast there was no time to take action.

There was just enough time for me to take a deep breath, before the combined explosive power of those tormented seas erupted from every direction, transforming my world into a swirling white maelstrom of destruction. My hands were numb, trembling from cold and fatigue as I gripped the wheel in desperation. Struggling against impossible forces, I fought to escape being swept overboard.

Something swirling in the water struck me a fierce blow to the head. Slammed hard against the wheel, I felt a sharp stab of pain in my ribs. As I began to lose consciousness, my only thought was, so this is the end. I gripped the wheel as hard as I could, attempting to turn it against the sideways slide I could feel building. Then my world turned black.

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Great Vega Adventures review from best selling author Julian Stockwin

What an honor. Best selling author Julian Stockwin posted this comment on The Vega Adventures and our on going humanitarian work. Having been a rabid follower of his highly successful  Kydd series for ages now, these comments meant a lot to me. http://julianstockwin.com/…/28/bookpick-the-vega-adventures/to-Sing_05

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Coming soon, The Windsong Adventures

Who would have thought discovering an abandoned hull while strolling down a deserted beach in West Africa would lead a heartbroken young lad into one of the best devil may care sea adventures ever. With only $2.38 in his pocket and a whole lot of “I want a boat”, Shane Granger embarked on an impossible dream. Months of hardship and good luck later, that dream became a floating reality. Yet that was only the beginning of the excitement, romance, and rip-roaring adventures.

“Reading The Windsong Adventures I had to occasionally pinch myself as a reminder this is not a Clive Cussler novel, but a true story. I laughed, cried, and more than once felt the hair on the back of my neck stand to attention.”

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Historic Vessel Vega under sail

Hope you enjoy these images of the Historic vessel Vega under sail. The pictures are from our 2015 delivery voyage when we delivered over 20 tons of educational and medical supplies to remote islands in Eastern Indonesia. If you would like the whole story of what we do and some of our more hair raising adventures check out this link to the book, “The Vega Adventures”. Flores_01


Sailing the Java Sea

Sailing the Java Sea

Sailing the Java Sea

Sailing the Java Sea

Sailing the Java Sea

Sailing the Java Sea







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About the Author of The Vega Adventures

Shane Granger (1948- his luck runs out) has been in love with the sea since he was seven years old. Having worked as a radio DJ, advertising photographer, boat builder, director of museum ship restoration, and bush pilot, he has always come back to the sea. Shane has sailed thousands of miles solo, most of that on a square-rigged brigantine he salvaged from a beach in West Africa –a vessel he once single handedly sailed across the Atlantic without a functioning rudder.

Historic vessel Vega on anchor

Historic vessel Vega on anchor

Having walked across the Sahara Desert, and been kidnapped by bandits in Afghanistan, his greatest ambition in life is to find a comfortable niche where he can enjoy the healthy benefits of monotony and boredom. He currently lives on an ancient wooden sailing boat with his partner Meggi Macoun and their cat Scourge.

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Another glowing review for “The Vega Adventures”

The Vega Adventures is a rousing rascallian recount of the incredible journeys of Captain Shane Granger and Meggi on board their fine conveyance, The Vega, a 120+ year old Norwegian sailing vessel. In 2004, Captain Shane and Meggi navigated The Vega to deliver disaster relief supplies desperately needed in the wake of the Great Tsunami. They stayed, continuing their humanitarian mission that donates education and health care supplies to the region’s remotest islands. In between fund-raising, packing and delivering life-giving supplies, Captain Shane kept meticulous track of so many fascinating moments and experiences. In the wee hours of the night, or the first light of dawn, Meggi would find Captain Shane pouring out a new anecdote, capitalizing on his awesome talent for turning a phrase as smartly as he can rig a sail. What makes The Vega Adventures so darn irresistible is its never-a-dull-moment pace and intriguing diversity of content. Whether it’s an intimate look at Norway’s storied history in sailboat building or a heart pounding monsoon of a monsoon encounter, The Vega Adventures is a gourmet feast – literally as well. Captain Shane liberally seasons his tale with insider information about the spice trade and spices of the islands that he and Meggi have navigated to, around and near for many years. At 300 pages, the Vega Adventure never gets tired. Captain Shane accomplishes this challenging feat (in our 30-second attention span world) with fast-flowing vignettes, one after another after another. Another plus for purchasers of The Vega Adventures is that you will be supporting one of the most effective humanitarian missions on earth. I loved this book and I can’t wait to read it (especially the really salty dog parts) to my dear Uncle. While he is now of an age for armchair sailing only, he’ll love every moment, including realism rich enough to put the tangy taste of salt on his lips!

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Sailing the Java Sea

Sailing the Java Sea

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Read “The Vega Adventures” A rip roaring sea tale and its all true

AT last the 300 page popular book about Vega and her amazing adventures is available from Amazon books at the following link http://www.amazon.com/Vega-Adventures-Shane-Granger/dp/6028397466

Early in 1892, one of Norway’s finest boat builders launched a sailing legend. Over a century later Shane Granger and Meggi Macoun were peacefully enjoying a siesta when the great tsunami of 2004 changed their lives forever. With thousands of people desperately in need, they loaded their boat with donated food and medical supplies then set sail for Sumatra.
That voyage marked the beginning of The Vega Adventures: rip-roaring real life sea tale complete with storms, adventures, exotic tropical islands, and heart-rending drama. Come feel the wind, smell the riggers tar, and taste the salt in this tale of a century old wooden sailing boat and her crew of intrepid adventurers as they take up their yearly 7500-mile journey to deliver over 25 tons of educational and medical supplies to some of our world’s most remote island communities.

Cover page for the popular real life adventures of a 122 year old sailing vessel and her volunteer crew.

Cover page for the popular real life adventures of a 122 year old sailing vessel and her volunteer crew.

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